The University of Virginia School of Law has just announced that Maya Iyyani ’18, a current fellow and the student co-president of the Program in Law and Public Service, is this year’s recipient of the Powell Fellowship. She will be working with Bay Area Legal Aid to address the rampant housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Powell Fellowship is one of the post-graduation opportunities awarded by the law school to support recent graduates pursuing careers in public service. Named in honor of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., the Powell Fellowship grants $45,000 to one student who will be working to provide legal services to indigent clients. Fellows will work under the sponsorship of a host public interest organization on a year-long project.
The Director of the Program in Law and Service, Professor Crystal Shin ’10, was also a recipient of the Powell Fellowship. Professor Shin worked with the JustChildren program at the Legal Aid Justice Center to advocate for at-risk children facing serious educational issues because of their delinquency charges.
Over the years, many fellows of the Law and Public Service Program have gone on to receive this prestigious award including Kim Rolla ’13 who went on to advocate for low-income tenants in housing issues, Mario Salas ’14 who tackled the special education system on behalf of youth with disabilities, and Megan Lisa Watkins ’16 who spent her fellowship year working to combat the school-to-prison pipeline.
To learn more about the Powell Fellowship, check out the official page on the UVA Law School website.